Make the most of the brighter, warmer days of Spring with longer daylight hours and the temperature gradually rising. We managed 20°C yesterday, but with it comes one threat that we need to keep in mind, rising UV levels put people at risk of being caught unprotected in the sun. Unfortunately chemo and the sun don’t get along.
Cancer patients having chemotherapy express a side effect of feeling sun sensitivity. This “photosensitivity” occurs because agents in chemotherapy are radiosensitizers which help to impact treatment, but also increase the body’s sensitivity to the sun’s UV rays.
A little bit of sunshine can be beneficial, since the sun provides Vitamin D for strong bones, but too much exposure during chemotherapy can be dangerous and increase your risk of sunburn.
Several kinds of medications for cancer and non-cancer alike can also increase sun sensitivity. It is very important to be aware of your situation and discuss this with your medical team before heading outside for time in the warmer weather..
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